The rest of the album after the cut.
Ain’t No Fun
As with previous Big Bang EPs, Alive is more of a collection of songs exploring and melding different musical styles and ideas rather than a set of songs with an overall musical or lyrical theme. Delving into pop, rock, electro and some nods to r&b and hip hop, Big Bang sets out to display the various colors of the group and fans will find a little bit of something for everyone. (Fans of their old hip-pop sound from their early years are still probably waiting for a return to those roots though. And from the looks of it, may be waiting a long, long time.) There is enough of the Big Bang sound for old fans though, updated to match more current trends, and enough new twists to keep it from being a retread.
As we expected from the teasers, Taeyang’s vocals shine the most on Bad Boy and Ain’t No Fun. He’s on his groove in these songs and it shows. (But who am I kidding? I love him on all of them. In fact all of the members sound really good.) The rest of the songs are as always, catchy and an easy listen. There are hooks aplenty and it remains to be seen which of the songs will be the break out hit to define this release. A lot will depend on the live performances, and I for one, am waiting to see how the lives change my perceptions of the songs. So which song do you think will be most popular? And which do you think should be?
(And a footnote about the Bad Boy MV, dayum – beanie>>bandana any day of the week and twice on Sundays. He can even wear the shades. I think fans are willing to compromise.)
Thanks to oumae0025, kpopidolgroup10 for the uploads!